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Are Massachusetts Vital Records Open to the Public?

Most vital records in the state of Massachusetts are considered open records and can be requested by members of the public. However, some of these records may contain information that is considered confidential and limited by the state.

What Information Do I Need to Search for Massachusetts Vital Records Online?

When searching for Massachusetts vital records online, interested parties are typically required to provide as much information about the record as possible. This is necessary to help facilitate the speedy location of these records. Some of the information required includes:

  • Name(s) of the registrant(s) on the record
  • The date the event occurred
  • The name of the town, city or county where the vital event occurred
  • Reason for the request
  • Contact details of the requestor

Publicly available vital records may also be accessible from some third-party websites.* These websites offer the benefit of not being limited by geographical record availability and can often serve as a starting point when researching a specific or multiple records. To find a record using the search engines on these sites, interested parties must provide:

  • The name of someone involved providing it is a not a juvenile
  • The assumed location of the record in question such as a city, county, or state name

*Third-party sites are not government-sponsored websites, and record availability may differ from official channels.

What Do I Need to Obtain Massachusetts Vital Records?

Interested parties who wish to obtain copies of vital records may be required to provide information such as the name of the registrant on the record as well as the date and location of the vital event. Requesters may also be required to provide adequate proof of identity, usually in the form of a government-issued photo ID. In addition to this, requestors may be expected to provide documentation stating their relationship to the registrant named on the record.

What’s the difference between a Certified Record and Informational Copy?

In the state of Massachusetts, informational copies of vital records are generally referred to as transcribed copies and the difference between them and a certified copy of a vital record is in their use. Transcribed copies of records are not legal documents and so may not be used for official purposes while certified copies of vital records are official, legal documents. Certified copies of records are typically printed on a secure watermarked paper that has been embossed with the official raised state seal signed by the state registrar while transcribed copies are usually plain text PDF format files containing all the information found on the original record.

Are Massachusetts Marriage Records Public Information?

Marriage Records in the state of Massachusetts are generally open to the public. However, access to marriage records of parties born to unwed parents is usually restricted to the parents of the registrant, the registrant’s bride or groom and a legal representative or guardian who can provide adequate documentation to that effect.

How do I find marriage records in Massachusetts?

Interested parties who wish to obtain marriage records in the state of Massachusetts may do so through a number of third-party websites readily available online. In addition to this, certified copies of marriage records may also be obtained in person or via mail from the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics. Parties who wish to obtain these records via mail are required to send a completed Vital Records Mail Order Form to

Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mt. Vernon St.
1st Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125

Mail-in requests typically take an average of 30 days to process and cost $32 per copy requested. Walk-in requests may be processed the same day and typically cost $20 per copy of the record requested.

Are Massachusetts Divorce Records Public Information?

Most Massachusetts Divorce Records are open to the public. However, some of these records may be sealed. This is usually the case when the records in question contain sensitive information, such as information involving child molestation or domestic abuse. Sealed divorce records may only be accessed through a court order authorizing the unsealing of the records in question.

How do I find Divorce Records in Massachusetts?

Interested parties who wish to obtain divorce records may do so by contacting the Probate and Family Court where the divorce was heard. Requestors will be required to complete a Request for Copies Form which may be submitted either in person or via mail to the appropriate court. Interested parties who wish to obtain these records but do not have the name of the court where the divorce was granted or the case docket number may submit an Application for Divorce Inquiry through the office of the state registry of vital records and statistics to obtain this information.

In addition to this, interested parties can also locate and obtain copies of divorce records online by utilizing the services of a third-party website.

Are Massachusetts Birth Records Public Information?

Massachusetts Birth Records are public records and may be accessed by members of the public interested in obtaining them. However, records of parties born to unwed parents are usually restricted and in most cases may only be accessed by the registrant, the registrant’s parents, a registrant’s father who is not listed on the record but can provide documentation validating his claim of paternity and a legal guardian or representative with proper documentation supporting their relationship to the registrant.

How Do I Find Massachusetts Birth Records?

In addition to carrying out online searches for birth records and obtaining them via available third-party websites, interested parties can also obtain certified copies of birth records by completing and submitting a Vital Records Mail Order Form via mail to

Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mt. Vernon St.
1st Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125

Are Massachusetts Death Records Open to the Public?

Death Records in the state of Massachusetts are public records and may be requested by any interested member of the public.

How Do I Find Death Records in Massachusetts?

Interested parties may find and obtain death records online through a third-party website. These records may also be obtained in person at the office of the clerk of the county, city or town where the death occurred or at the Massachusetts Registry of vital records and statistics. Parties may also request for certified copies of these records from the state’s vital records office by submitting a filled Vital Records Mail Order Form via mail to

Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mt. Vernon St.
1st Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125

How Do I Find Sealed Vital Records in Massachusetts?

Sealed records in the state of Massachusetts are not available to members of the public. Access to these records is restricted to only authorized parties. To obtain copies of sealed vital records such as pre-adoption birth records, interested parties are required to complete an Application for a Non-Certified Record of Birth Prior to Adoption. The completed application may be submitted either in person or via mail to:

Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
150 Mt. Vernon St.
1st Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125

Requestors are advised to ensure that the application form is properly filled as any incorrect information provided may invalidate the request.

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